National Constitution Center

Institution and museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, devoted to the United States Constitution

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National Constitution Center
National Constitution Center Front.jpg
Exterior of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia is located in Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Location within Pennsylvania
Established17 September 2000
LocationIndependence Mall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°57′13″N 75°08′57″W / 39.9536°N 75.1491°W / 39.9536; -75.1491Coordinates: 39°57′13″N 75°08′57″W / 39.9536°N 75.1491°W / 39.9536; -75.1491
TypeHistory museum
Visitors817,000 (2011)
DirectorJeffrey Rosen
Public transit accessSEPTA.svg 5th Street: Bus transport SEPTA.svg SEPTA bus: 38, 44, 48
Bus transport Philly PHLASH
Websiteconstitutioncenter.org Edit this at Wikidata

The National Constitution Center is a nonprofit institution devoted to the Constitution of the United States. On Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the center is an interactive museum and a national town hall for constitutional dialogue, hosting government leaders, journalists, scholars, and celebrities for public discussions (including presidential debates). The center offers civic learning resources onsite and online. It does not house the original Constitution, which is stored at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.

The groundbreaking ceremony (attended by President Bill Clinton)[1] was held on September 17, 2000, the 213th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. The center opened on July 4, 2003,[2] joining other historic sites and attractions in what has been called "America's most historic square mile"[3] because of its proximity to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

  1. ^ "The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia". Retrieved 27 March 2013.
  2. ^ "TRAVEL ADVISORY; Constitution Center To Open in Philadelphia – New York Times". The New York Times. 22 June 2003. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Independence Visitor Center". Independence Visitor Center. Retrieved 9 August 2013.

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